A shortened game due to lightning played in Cumberland Valley Christian's favor to end a six-year drought against Shalom Christian. Video by Lindsey Smith
It's been a long six years for the Cumberland Valley Christian girls soccer team, which has not won against MDCC and Franklin County rival Shalom Christian since 2011.
But Thursday, that drought came to an end thanks in part to Emily Bard, who broke through in the 48th minute to score the only goal needed in the 1-0 win. Shortly after Bard's goal, a lightning storm rolled in, which eventually caused the game to be called with more than 20 minutes left to play.
Bard scored off a long pass by Taylor Heck from the near sideline. Bard sprinted to get to the ball, weaved around a defender and sent the game-winning shot into the right corner.
Besides Bard's goal, a major component in the Blazers' huge win was containing Shalom's Brooke Emge, who has 23 goals on the season. But CVC backs Marlee Stake and Bri Miley were up to the challenge.
"Brooke is so good; she's one of the best players in our conference," CVC coach Paul Lundy said. "We wanted to do what we could to contain her and wanted to make that a team effort. And other than one or two that she went a little bit wide, she really didn't get any good looks and I'm proud of our backs for that."
CVC (4-5, 4-5 MDCC) keeper Jalen Moats had a good night in goal, making multiple tough saves late in the first half as Shalom (8-2, 6-2 MDCC) dominated the time of possession.
TROJANS EARN WINS: Both the Chambersburg baseball and softball teams collected wins over Carlisle on Thursday, baseball winning 10-7 and softball 4-1.
The baseball team (5-11, 2-8 MPC) was tied 7-7 with the Herd entering the seventh inning. After an out, a hit batter and two walks loaded the bases. Bryce Kendall brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left, then with two outs and runners at second and third, Spencer Seaman hit a bloop single over the third baseman's head to score two insurance runs.
"We'll take it any way we can get it," Trojan coach Scott Folmar said. "We didn't hit the ball all over the place, but took advantage of some walks and errors."
Austin Kopp pitched three scoreless innings in relief for the win, Seaman had two hits and three RBIs and Hayden Kissel also had two hits.
In softball, the duo of Laken Myers (5 innings, 2 hits, 6 strikeouts) and Dori Loukopoulos (2 innings, 1 hit, save) limited Carlisle's offense. Taylor Myers was 3-for-4 and scored twice and she and Leah Hunt hit doubles for Chambersburg (9-4, 7-3 MPC).
Trojan coach Chris Skultety said, "We were coming off a loss in a big game yesterday and have the Big Spring Tournament on Saturday, so this was kind of a sandwich game. It was tough to get the intensity going. The girls are giving the effort, but there seems to be some passion missing."
- Logan Martin was 3-for-3 and drove in 3 runs to help Shalom Christian defeat Cumberland Valley Christian 7-1. Colby Maun tossed a 3-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
- In a five-inning, 10-0 win over James Buchanan, Shippensburg's Courtney Coy fired a no-hitter with 9 strikeouts, facing just one batter over the minimum. She was also 2-for-3, while Kara Bowermaster went 3-for-3 with a triple and 4 RBIs.
- Brooke Harris fired a 3-hitter to carry Fannett-Metal over Rockwood, 2-1, and the Tigers clinched their first District 5 playoff berth since 2013.
- Abby Reitz was 2-for-4 and drove in 3 runs to help Greencastle-Antrim crush Boiling Springs, 15-1.
Track & field
- Greencastle-Antrim's Taryn Parks placed 7th in the 1600 at the Penn Relays with a time of 4:58.33. She was the third PA finisher. Her teammate, Jenay Faulkner, placed 10th in the girls shot put with a heave of 40-6.75 and was the second PA finisher.
- The Chambersburg girls 4x800 relay, composed of Cadie Kiser (2:29.23), Kaylee Mowery (2:21.97), Sydney Parson (2:30.26) and Abby Yourkavitch (2:18.88) placed 15th at the Penn Relays with a time of 4:40.33.
- Waynesboro's Evan Hines reached the semifinals of the Mid Penn Conference Class 3A singles tournament, taking 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0 wins Thursday. Hines, the No. 4 seed, will face Palmyra's Ben Clary, the No. 1 seed, in Friday's semifinals.
- Nate Walker piled up 20 kills and Dalton Strite had 12 kills and 22 digs to help Chambersburg rally from a 2-0 deficit to beat State College, 3-2 (15-7 in the final game). Kellen Stepler added 51 assists.
Chambersburg (5-11, 2-8 MPC) 10, Carlisle 7
James Buchanan (10-4, 4-4 MPC) 7, Shippensburg (4-7, 2-6 MPC) 5
Greencastle-Antrim (9-2, 7-1 MPC) 6, Boiling Springs 4
Big Spring 5, Waynesboro (7-6, 5-6 MPC) 3
Rockwood 8, Fannett-Metal (4-9) 1
Shalom Christian (7-3, 5-3 MDCC) 7, Cumb. Valley Christian 1
Chambersburg (9-4, 7-2 MPC) 4, Carlisle 1
Shippensburg (8-2, 6-1 MPC) 10, James Buchanan (5-7, 1-6 MPC) 0
Greencastle-Antrim (7-4, 6-1 MPC) 15, Boiling Springs 1
Big Spring 12, Waynesboro (9-7, 4-3 MPC) 10
Fannett-Metal (10-3) 2, Rockwood 1
Chambersburg (8-4, 6-4 MPC) 3, State College 2 - 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-7
Boys: Chambersburg (2-8, 2-8 MPC) 9, Central Dauphin 7
Girls: Central Dauphin 19, Chambersburg (2-8, 1-8 MPC) 3
Boys: Mercersburg Academy (7-4) 16, Middleburg 4
Cumb. Valley Christian (4-5, 4-5 MDCC) 1, Shalom Christian (8-2, 6-2 MDCC) 0
Mercersburg Academy (3-7) 6, St. James 1